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Hy-Gain VB-214FM tuning for 144.200

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by K5TRI, Aug 31, 2017.

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  1. KK4YWN

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    wait.. are you operating FM on the low part of the band or no?
  2. K5TRI

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    Where is this FM in the low part of the band nonsense coming from? Why would I want to do that?

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  3. KK4YWN

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    right. so when someone asks a direct question the correct response is a meme and an indirect answer.

    way to communicate
  4. K5TRI

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    Pretty much given the previous posts. So let me ask again, why is there any assumption I would want to operate FM on 144.200?
  5. K5TRI

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    As a follow up (mostly for it to be documented if somebody does a similar search) I can report that the antenna performed well in the VHF contest, as well as in my
    first successful MS contact with another station in Nevada running only a 6 element yagi (a 881 miles contact).

    Thanks again for the helpful input and good ideas.

    73 Mike
  6. W0AAT

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    When someone specifies 144.200 the 2 meter SSB calling frequency I pretty much assume they are operating weak signal!
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  7. W2WDX

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    Made perfect sense to me. Since Hy-Gain doesn't make a VB series with a hairpin match for 144.200 and only vert. pol. tuned for the FM segment, I assumed he wanted a hairpin match yagi and use it for SSB weak signal. I can face palm as well.

    Although for me I found the LFA series much quieter than my re-tuned VB and real easy to tune. And it's already optimized for horizontal & the weak signal SSB portion of the band.
  8. K5TRI

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    It was an experiment given the price of the antenna ($89) it was worth the risk. They claim coverage of 144-148 so I figured I'd give it a go. It's working now.

    I agree on the LFA and the lesson leaned here is that when in doubt, build it yourself. So back to the DK7ZB designs for a different project.

    Tuning, with my modification of the driven element is now easy. Eventually I will try the original hairpin match to see if I can make it work. I was in a bit of a time crunch to get it up for the contest.
  9. W2WDX

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    Did you also adjust the other elements? And if not I wonder how this effects pattern and gain. Having a good match is one thing, maintaining pattern and overall ERP is another; possibly even more important in weak signal work.

    If you know the measurements, it might be a good idea to try and model what you have right now, just to get a clearer picture.
  10. K5TRI

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    Nope I didn't as there's really no documentation out there and as I mentioned, time was of the essence :).

    Just copied KD7HB down in Oregon on 2m FT-8. That's a 225 mile distance, so not too shabby I'd say given that we have these pesky mountains in the way.

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